The North Dakota priority deadline for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is April 15, 2015, according to the North Dakota University System. Completing and submitting a FAFSA is the single most important thing college students do to get assistance paying for college.
The U.S. Department of Education uses the FAFSA to determine students’ eligibility for federal student aid. Every year, the federal government awards about $150 billion in the form of grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to help millions of students pay for college. Many state governments and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for nonfederal aid.
Unfortunately, some students feel like they shouldn’t bother filling out a FAFSA because of some common myths. These include:
- “I (or my parents) make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid.”
- “Only students with good grades get financial aid.”
- “I’m too old to get financial aid.”
- “The form is too hard to fill out.”
However, these concerns are usually unfounded and may need further research on the applicant’s part to ensure eligibility. For more information, download “Myths About Financial Aid” at http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/financial-aid-myths.pdf.
Additionally, students who qualify for the ND Academic Scholarship or the ND Career & Technical Education Scholarship are required to complete the online application at
https://www.dpi.state.nd.us/dpi/Scholarship/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/dpi/Scholarship/default.aspx. The deadline for submission of the scholarship application is June 5, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be funded.
The April 15 deadline applies to the 2015-16 school year. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.gov.